Borrow snowshoes at the library!
RUTLAND— With the snow piling up, Vermonters in Rutland County have a new opportunity to get out and enjoy the outdoors. Libraries throughout the county have teamed up with the Vermont Department of Health to promote physical activity by making snowshoes available for children and adults to borrow for free.
To date, up to a dozen snowshoes for kids and adults have been delivered to the following libraries: Rutland City, Proctor, West Rutland, Brandon, Pittsford, Castleton, Fair Haven, Wallingford and Wells. Additionally, the state plans to expand the program to include Killington by this Friday and Chittenden by Saturday.
“All you need is a library card and the desire to go play in the snow,” said Renee Bousquet, director of the Rutland Health Office. “There are three behaviors – lack of physical activity, poor diet, and tobacco use, that lead to four chronic diseases which are the cause of more than 50 percent of all deaths in Vermont each year,” said Bousquet. “Working with our communities to make it easier for people to get and play – now that’s the fun part!”